WEST Cork’s interest in the Olympic Games goes much further than the heroics of Gary and Paul O’Donovan in rowing, as Kinsale twins David and Conor Harte are playing a key role in the Irish men’s hockey team’s bid to reach the knock-out stages in Rio.
Ireland’s hockey history-makers added yet another amazing victory to their list of achievements as their dramatic 4-2 win over Canada on Thursday keeps them in with a fighting chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games.
Captain David Harte was in goal while Conor also started.
Ireland's cause was helped an hour later when Germany scored a stunning equaliser with mere seconds remaining against Argentina.
The upshot is that if Ireland can beat Argentina in their final group game this Friday evening (11.30pm, Irish time) in Deodoro then a quarter-final spot awaits.
Looking back on the Irish win against Canada, head coach Craig Fulton said it was ‘just what we needed.’
‘The first Olympic win, three points. It’s huge. They deserved it. We have been pushing hard for four games and everyone can see the lads are leaving it all on the field. (On Thursday) we were clinical.”
Ireland: D Harte, J Jackson, R Gormley, M Watt, C Cargo, E Magee, S O’Donoghue, M Darling, K Good, P Gleghorne, C Harte
Subs: J Bell, A Sothern, J Jermyn, P Caruth, K Shimmins